Sunday, 24 January 2016

Canes Win 9th Straight Game

It doesn't like the Lethbridge Hurricanes are going to be stopped, at least right now.

Tyler Wong scored 1:03 into overtime as the red hot Canes beat the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 Saturday night in front of more than 4600 fans at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes have now won nine games in a row and improved their overall record to a very impressive 35-12 on the season.

The home team got off to a solid start in this game, going up 2-0 in the first period. Egor Babenko got things going in short order, scoring his 24th of the season, just 1:06 into the first period to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. It stayed that way until the final five or so minutes. That's when the Canes added to their lead, thanks to Giorgio Estephan's 26th of the year to put the Hurricanes up 2-0 after one.

In the second, the Warriors cut into that Lethbridge lead. Jesse Shynkaruk beat Jayden Sittler. That made it a 2-1 game for the Canes after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, Moose Jaw tied the game. Dryden Hunt scored midway through the period to even things at 2-2, but the Hurricanes wouldn't back down. Four minutes later Bryaden Burke put the Canes ahead 3-2 with his 18th of the season. That lead only lasted a couple of minutes. Jason Halbgewachs again tied the score for the Warriors, make it a 3-3 game and sending this one into overtime.

Just over a minute into the extra frame, the Hurricanes would end it. Captain Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 27th of the season and that gave Lethbridge a 4-3 victory, keeping the long winning streak intact.

As it sits now, the Hurricanes are on their longest winning streak since the 2008-2009 season, which ironically was the last season this team made the playoffs. They go for ten in a row Sunday afternoon (Jan. 24) when they host the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings right now are holding on to one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. It'll be the Canes last home game for the next week as they set off for a B.C. road swing, which takes them to Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna.

Right now, Lethbridge is the only team in the Western Hockey League to hit and surpass 200 goals scored this season. As of Saturday night, the Canes had scored 204.


1 comment:

  1. Pointless Point, and the Warriors just didn't have enough Faith. On the other hand, with Babenko, Burke, Estephan, & Wong, you cannot go wrong.

    Brayden Burke (who was selected by Red Deer in 7th round, 2012 Bantam draft) & Fafard were traded to Lethbridge Dec, 2014, from Red Deer for Riley Sheen and a 5th round pick in 2017. (Credit Brad Robson for this beauty trade).

    Burke may still make it to the Memorial Cup, but he won't get the free pass that he would have received if still with Sutter's team. WAY to soon for this headline, but wouldn't it be Cane sweet (and ironic) if, With the Rebel Burke the Canes Score, Score, Score, to defeat the Memorial Cup hosts.

    Was it offside?